Photographic study with toy pistol and sugar cubes

Etel Fodor-Mittag, 1928

Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Thomas und Michael Mittag
Photographic study with toy pistol and sugar cubes / Photo: Etel Fodor-Mittag, 1928.

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The used caps on the paper roll curling upwards above the toy pistol look like smoke rising from the weapon after it has been fired. In relation to political developments towards the end of the 1920s and Fodor-Mittag’s socialist views, the picture can be interpreted as a pacifist statement: sugar instead of bullets, toy pistols instead of real weapons, fun instead of earnestness. The photo is probably a piece made for Josef Albers’s preparatory course. Fodor-Mittag quickly developed a feeling for texture during the basic course. In experiments with sand, paper, wire, eggshell and other materials, students were expected to create their own art works, never before seen.

[AG 2015]

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